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Stiff back

08/01/2008

Question:

I have RA in most of my joints. Every where except my back. My doctor did a CT Scan of my lower back and it showed that I have a buldge disc. I have no pain in my back at all. But the past few months my lower back has been stiff. Can a buldge disc cause stiffness with no pain? If not what else could it be?

Answer:

Yes, a bulging disk can cause stiffness without pain.

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Response by:

Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS
Sports Medicine Team Member
Clinical Instructor at The School of Allied Medical Professions
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University